The Royal Scots Cap Badge


Bagpipe Lessons for The Skye Boat Song


The Skye Boat Song is derived from the song which was partly an old sea shanty with the addition of the second part attributed to Annie MacLeod about 1884. The romantic song commemorates the departure of Bonnie Prince Charlie, after his defeat by the Government forces 1746, from the Scottish mainland by boat to the Isle of Skye and hence to exile in France.


Some Lesson Pointers


Play at about 48 beats per minute.

Some embellishments have been changed slightly to suit the beginner piper.


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The Sky Boat Song

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The Skye Boat Song


The Taorluath


Various Doublings On D



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